Photography Emma Dudlyke. Images courtesy of Ilana Blumberg
Being a young, independent fashion designer was hard enough before the pandemic, but things have now become even tougher for those on the career path. What were already unstable financial situations have become even more precarious, direct access to materials and specialist equipment is extremely limited and, with an economic crisis looming, stockists are proving increasingly conservative when it comes to supporting new talent.
This season, the British Fashion Council is charging a fee to be on their online directory of brands showing at London Fashion Week — something that many small
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This story first appeared on Modern Retail, Glossy’s sister publication covering retail’s transformation.
It can be hard to track Amazon’s fashion empire.
The company sells both first-party and third-party apparel products across the main Amazon site, its Luxury Stores offshoot, and Amazon-owned Zappos. Although the exact figures depend on who is measuring, most sources agree that Amazon is the dominant force in the e-commerce apparel space, owning something akin to 50% of the online apparel market. Yet its reputation among fashion brands is more mixed, and the proliferation of knockoffs on the platform has scared off high-profile fashion partners
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TextileGenesis believes the technology that underpins cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin can help. The company, based in Hong Kong and India, wants to make the fashion industry more transparent by using blockchain to digitize the supply chain, helping brands track clothes production from the raw materials to the finished article.
Sourcing sustainable materials is becoming a top priority for fashion companies, according to a 2019 report
by consulting firm McKinsey & Company.
Brands surveyed for the report said they also wanted to create transparency in their supply chains, but McKinsey noted few companies had yet achieved that.
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